Sun Safety Tips for Summer

One local pediatrician gives us the facts.

June 28, 2016

Editor’s note: This post originally ran in the past, but it was so popular we thought we’d bring it back as an oldie but goody!

We all love fun in the sun with our families in the summertime, but with so much information on sun protection being thrown at us, we wanted to get the facts straight. We asked Dr. Dan Cohen of WestMed to share his top tips for summer sun safety, the obvious takeaway being “sunscreen is vital for our kids.” Dr. Cohen advises us to use SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen and to reapply every 2-4 hours, using approximately a full ounce to cover. “Sunburns are cumulative over the life of your child,” says Dr. Cohen. (Click here to see the Environmental Working Group’s 2016 best and worst sunscreens lists!)

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Here are his top facts to know about sunscreen use:

1. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) only relates to UVB ray protection not UVA.

2. Broad Spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

3. SPF 15 protects against 93% of UVB while SPF 30 is 97%. Above this there is limited increases noted.

4. No matter what, sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours using approximately 1 ounce of sunscreen (a shot glass full).

5. Tanning before sun exposure protects only approximately 3%.

6. Radiation is a LIFETIME exposure and is additive so it is important to protect your kids. (Think of it like x-rays over a lifetime.)

7. The key term is “Water Resistant.” “Sweatproof ” and “waterproof” are not indicative of its ability to stay on.

8. Chemical and physical sunscreens are both effective and, despite threatened risks (i.e., reports that the chemical agents now in sunscreen are causing “hormone imbalances”), are much safer than unprotected sun exposure.

9. The “cloudy day burn” is a phenomenon that is still not completely understood. Clouds block some rays but can intensify others.

10. Babies less than 6 months old have not been tested for prolonged exposure to sunscreen so it is not recommended for them.

Dr. Cohen says, “The best sun protection is clothing, hats, sunglasses and shade for children. It is important to remember that protection from UV rays does not avoid potential complications of heat and dehydration.” For more information, visit the Skin Cancer Foundation website.

Daniel Cohen, MD, is a pediatrician with 20 years experience and one of six pediatricians who have recently joined WestMed from Westchester Pediatrics. They are a long standing group with an exemplary reputation whose senior partner, Fred Bomback, has been recognized as Best in Westchester numerous times. Dan and his partners are faculty at Children’s Hospital of New York- Columbia Presbyterian and truly want nothing more than to help keep your children the happiest and healthiest they can be.

Horseback Trail Riding in Croton-on-Hudson

You won't believe that you can do this in Westchester.

June 27, 2016

I was looking for a place in Westchester to take my kids horseback riding. We’re planning a trip to Yellowstone this summer, and I wanted us all to go on a trail ride in Wyoming, but my kids have never ridden before. I wanted to give them a taste first.

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After contacting a few stables around Westchester, I finally settled on Westchester Trail Rides in Croton-on-Hudson, a small, family business lovingly run by Bob Capshaw, a Missouri transplant with a gentle Mid-Western accent. Bob owns half a dozen horses and gives trail rides, mostly on the weekends, with the assistance of his children and other family members. After reading through the glowing Yelp reviews, I was expecting a pleasant experience. What we got was an amazing morning that left my whole family completely charmed.

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Bob clearly has a way with kids; mine were in a mood that morning, but he took it all in stride and eventually won them over. He’s amazing with adults, too! My husband and I were hanging onto his every word. He started off the visit by introducing us to the chickens in his coop, and even let the kids collect a dozen freshly laid eggs to bring home.

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Next, we went into the barn to meet Buddy, one of the horses we’d be riding. He let the kids pet Buddy and get to know him, all the while giving simple pointers, then encouraged them to try sitting on him. My son, age 5, decided he’d rather not ride by himself, and Bob said it was fine for him to be on the same horse as my husband.

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Bob taught my 7-year-old daughter how to hold Buddy’s bridle and lead him around a pen. After she felt comfortable walking around with the horse, she climbed on, and Bob’s nephew, Jader, led Buddy around the pen using the bridle. Nothing felt rushed, and everyone made sure my daughter felt comfortable before we started the trail ride. Then my husband and son were seated on Dakota, I climbed on Apache, and we were off!

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I’ve been on a handful of trail rides while on vacation in the past, but this one, which took place just half an hour from my home, was by far the most scenic and relaxing. The woods behind Bob’s land are secluded and absolutely beautiful, overlooking the stream that flows into the Croton reservoir. The horses plodded calmly along the trail, Jader leading the way on foot, holding onto Buddy’s bridle the whole time, and Bob’s son, Dylan, bringing up the rear. Both were super friendly and encouraging with the kids. We eventually emerged from the shaded woods, an hour later, as if awakening from a dream.

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A one-hour ride is $65 a person, although the whole visit actually lasts about two hours and Bob generously didn’t charge us for my son, who declined to ride his own horse. The experience was a bit of a splurge, but it was so delightful that we’ve already promised the kids we’d be back.

Westchester Trail Rides, 6 Croton Lake Road, Croton-on-Hudson; 914-539-2987

Sponsored Post: Bright Horizons Lunch & Learn

Bright Horizons offers enrichment classes for parents, not just children.

June 25, 2016

Everyone is excited when a new baby arrives. Well, not everybody. Sometimes older kids may feel confused by all of the changes that come along with a new sibling. They may even act out. Need help smoothing the transition?

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Bright Horizons, a nursery school with locations in Yonkers, Armonk, Elmsford, Rye Brook and White Plains, is hosting a mid-day Lunch & Learn session on Thursday, June 30, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm called “Welcoming a Sibling.” Swing by for lunch at the school in Yonkers and stay for a brief parenting workshop that will offer tips and advice for helping prepare little ones for their new brother or sister. RSVP here or to swep@brighthorizons.com.

Bright Horizons, South Westchester Executive Park, 7 Odell Plaza, Yonkers; 914-376-3241

50 Things to Do in Westchester This Summer

Minor league baseball, fairy hunts, a rhubarb margarita. Your season, planned.

June 21, 2016

Editor’s Note: This post originally ran in the past, but we’ve updated all the events for Summer 2016. Have fun!

Slide on the flip flops, pack a bag and head outside! Here are 50 ideas to get you in the summer swing.

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1. Wiggle and giggle at a Dancing at Dusk concert for kids at Caramoor Center for the Arts in Katonah. Families are invited in to picnic and dance under the stars. Best of all, you can explore the grounds before or after the show.

2. Go mini-golfing. It’s not just for seaside vacations; there are some cute courses right here in Westchester!

3. Read The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafaniAs a writer, I’m obsessed with books, and I squarely put this book in my top 10 favorite books of all time. It’s that good.

4. Grow something. Anything. Basil. Tomatoes. Lavender. It’s thrilling.

5. Buy a Tovolo Rocket Pop ice pop mold, pour in juice, freeze and rock your kid’s world.

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6. Climb up the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse for a self-guided tour and then hang out at Kingsland Point Park, a playground with stunning river views.

7. Dare to wear a bikini at the pool this summer. Yes, you!

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8. Take the training wheels off your kid’s bike and teach them how to ride it. Or get this guy to do it.

9. Take your dog for a swim at the Larchmont doggie beach adjacent to Manor Park, located at the end of Beach Avenue. What kid doesn’t love to watch their pup dive head first into the Sound?

10. Hit the beach at Croton Point Park.

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11. Dress your kids in their princess and knight outfits and take a drive up to Tuxedo to attend ye olde Renaissance Faire. It runs every weekend from August 6 through October 2.

12. Cool off at a local pool or sprinkler park.

13. Take in a free outdoor concert, play or movie at the Hudson River Museum’s amphitheater in Yonkers. Coming up: New Orleans jazz (July 29) and Pixar’s Inside Out (Aug 13).

14. Wouldn’t be summer in Westchester without waiting in line for a lemon pizza at DoughNation Pizza Truck. Yes, lemon pizza. It’s ah-mazing.

15. Bring the playroom outside. Set up your kid’s easel in the grass. Do puzzles on the porch. Bring his trucks or trains onto the patio, or let the girls play barbies among the bushes. Here are some other ideas for backyard fun. The simplest things make summers special.

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16. Stroll through a Japanese garden, complete with a Zen sand garden that you can rake, at the Hammond Museum in North Salem.

17. Dress up your little ones as fairies and take at walk in the forest as part of Muscoot Farm’s Victorian Faerie Walk on August 28.

18. Grab a mason jar, let your little one stay up late and help them catch fireflies. Savor the magic in their faces.

19. Go early to your local farmer’s market to ensure the pick of the tomatoes in coming weeks. Slice, sprinkle with sea salt, yum.

20. Travel back through time at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside for a 19th century take on games, stories and scavenger hunts. It’s called From a Child’s Perspective and requires timed tickets on Thursdays in August.

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21. Pitch a tent in your backyard and take the kids “camping.”

22. Or how about a little glamping? The Sagamore Hotel in Lake George is lovely, very family-friendly (kids club for 4 to 10 year olds), and (AND!!) their infinity pool overlooking the lake was recently named one of the top ten hotel pools in the country by CNN.

23. Watch Jaws. You kinda have to watch it at least once every summer. Better yet, do it in your own backyard.

24. Listen to live jazz in the shadow of Lyndhurst Castle during one of their Thursday evening Sunset Jazz series.

25. Bring a blanket to MacEachron Park in Hastings. Let the kids play on the playground, while you take in majestic views of the river.

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26. Eat on the front porch (yes, front porch) at Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish, one of our favorite north county restaurants.

27. Go to the trampoline park on a rainy day.

28. Bring the whole family to watch The Wizard of Oz at The Sanctuary at Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mount Kisco on July 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31. The interactive production will take audiences on an adventure along the Yellow Brick Road of the park. A mustn’t-miss event of the summer!

29. Meet the farm animals, taste fresh honey from the beehive, or learn how to pickle or can at Westchester’s beloved Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights.

30. Plan a last minute day trip. We’ve got itineraries for Cold Spring and Brooklyn, plus Bear Mountain, Field Station and Westport.

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31. Make your own superhero cape and let your kid test it out in the backyard.

32. Sip a rhubarb margarita at Truck in Bedford. Sounds interesting, right? And the rhubarb is from their garden.

33. Hot? Get on the Metro North’s Hudson River line and take the kids for an air-conditioned ride along the river. You’ll relax (well, somewhat) and they’ll drink in the views.

34. Let the kids loose at the vast and beautiful Storm King Art Center in New Windsor. Don’t forget to bring the sketchbooks!

35. Give the kids an afternoon nap, put them in their PJs and drive over to The Stamford Museum & Nature Center on Friday evenings at 8:30, where you can use their 22-inch observatory telescope to view the summer night sky.

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36. Take a trip out to the North Fork of Long Island. It’s nothing like the Hamptons, and we like it that way.

37. Bop to the beat at the Pleasantville Music Festival on July 9.

38. Have lunch at the new Mason Sandwich Co. in Eastchester. Lobster rolls, muffalettas, porchetta sandwiches — it’s all super tasty. Plus there’s gourmet mac and cheese for the kids.

39. Dine alfresco at one of these outdoor restaurants. Stare at the Manhattan skyline and reminisce about the good old days. Then remember, these are the good old days.

40. Forget Yankee Stadium. Root for the Hudson Valley Renegades in Wappinger’s Falls (an hour north of White Plains). Tickets are cheap, and for kids, it’s as exciting as the majors.

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41. Take our Westchester ice cream tour.

42. Listen to music under the stars at least once this summer. Here’s our outdoor summer concert guide, updated for this year.

43. Paint your toes the hottest pink you can find.

44. Taste the best burger in Westchester.

45. Walk through the Greenburgh Nature Center’s Butterfly Exhibit in the Native Plant Meadow. Open daily from June 25 through August 7.

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46. Explore a new playground. Here are some in Bronxville, Scarsdale and Dobbs Ferry, plus some for you Northern Westchester readers!

47. Make some watermelon cucumber kiddie coolersfancy lemonade or fruit-infused water, and sip your drinks alfresco.

48. Ask a neighbor you barely know over for a BBQ. You may just make a new friend.

49. Plan a day at Splash Down Beach, an outdoor water park in Fishkill. There’s a Bob the Builder splash zone for wee ones.

50. Watch the sun set over the Hudson River. I like the view from RiverWalk in Tarrytown, but any spot will do.

We’ve always wanted to try fishing, but all the steps involved were a bit daunting. Is it necessary to get a permit? What gear do we need? Where’s the best place to catch something? So when some friends of ours told us that they’d gotten the bug and invited us for a morning of fishing, we happily tagged along and followed all their advice. Here’s what we learned.

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Yes, you do need a permit. For New York state residents, it costs $25 for the year or $5 for a single trip. Obtaining it isn’t hard at all — just go to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation site. After paying, you can print one immediately.

As for the gear, you’ll need poles of course. It’s tempting to buy longer poles that your kids will grow into, but my recommendation is to start off with the kid-size ones because they’ll be easier to cast. The length of the pole really makes a difference. My kids spent a lot of time practicing their casting in the backyard in the days leading up to our outing.

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Our friends recommended that we go to Harbor Island Bait and Tackle, a tiny shop packed to the brim with fishing equipment and run by a pair of really friendly brothers, Dan and Dave, who are happy to show you what you need and explain exactly how to use what you buy. They were very patient with my husband and me, who didn’t know the first thing about weights or bobs or lures.

As for where to fish, it turns out that you can fish in most Westchester lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Just look up the park or body of water nearest you on the Westchester parks website and check for the fishing symbol under the amenities section. Mamaroneck’s Harbor Island is a great place to start — ask Dan and Dave to guide you to a good spot — and we’ve seen lots of people fishing at Kingsland Point Park in Tarrytown.

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Our friends took us to a quiet reservoir at Twin Lakes Park in Eastchester. We were the only ones there, and we ended up reeling in a lot of seaweed, but the experience was peaceful and lovely. The kids spent an hour casting, digging for worms, and just sitting with their poles, watching the water. Bring folding chairs and snacks, and baby wipes or a towel to wipe your hands on. We ended up not catching anything, but the kids weren’t disappointed. In fact, they can’t wait to try again.

Harbor Island Bait and Tackle, 111 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck; 914-381-3130. Park for free in the small lot directly in front of the shop if you don’t want to pay for parking at the harbor.

9 Beach Bags For Summer

These totes are big, roomy and chic.

June 17, 2016

We’re packing up and heading to the beach this weekend for a little Father’s Day stand-up paddle boarding. But don’t be fooled: Getting to the beach with all of the towels and toys, sunscreen and sun hats takes some careful planning — and a really great beach tote. My bag from last year isn’t looking so white anymore, so I’m in the market for a new one. I have one big requirement. I need it to be big. Okay, two. I need it to be cute, too. Here are some of my faves I’ve rounded up. (Can you tell I like nautical themes?)

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1. Navy Anchor Tote, $110 to $200, Sea Bags Maine
2. Jada Tote, $69, Sole Society
3. Freshwater Tote, $118, Anthropologie
4. Jute Handbag, $34, H&M (This one is too small, but it’s so cute!)
5. Ogunquit Beach Tote, $195, Sea Bags Maine
6. Vineyard Whale Heritage Extra Large Classic Tote, $148, Vineyard Vines
7. Maine Isle Boat & Tote, $39, L.L. Bean
8. Thursday Friday Canvas Striped Beach Bag, $46, Asos
9. Surfside Canvas Tote Bag in Navy Stripe, $59, J. Crew

When I was in college, I remember eating hummus wraps at the the Food Co-op — the campus health food cafe that reeked of patchouli — and people loved to turn their nose up at the granola parfaits and three bean salads served there. Even my own husband.

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Fast forward to 2016. Today, those same salads and wraps have sexier packaging and look better, thanks to boutique eateries like Organic Pharmer. With its first location in Rye Brook, the organic cafe offers savory foods, fresh juices and vitamin-packed smoothies free of dairy, gluten, corn and soy.  There are two open refrigerator cases stocked with fresh salads, like the carrot-beet cleanser, curried cauliflower couscous, and kale and cauliflower caesar (my favorite). There’s a chickpea tartine and a white bean bruschetta. You can order homemade soups and crisp-on-the-outside flavorful falafel.

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And I haven’t even told you about the juice. On the day we went, I was drawn to the Almond Chill, almond milk infused with dates, vanilla bean, himalayan salt, stevia leaf extract, infusion of lavender, lemon balm and chamomile. My husband got a green juice packed with leafy vegetables. We drank them both to the bottom; our baby liked them, too. Then we went for a bike ride — and felt really good. (Even with the baby screaming at the end of our tour of the neighborhood to get out!)

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Organic Pharmer is opening a second location along Garth Road in Scarsdale in July.

Organic Pharmer, 15 Rye Ridge Plaza, Rye Brook; and 28 Garth Road, Scarsdale

The Hunt for the Perfect Summer Strawberry

Where to pick-your-own before the season ends.

June 14, 2016

Editor’s note: This post ran in the past, but it was so popular that we decided to bring it back as an oldie but goody!

Ushering in the pick-your-own season, fresh strawberries are yours for the harvesting right now at Lawrence Farms Orchards in Newburgh, New York, approximately an hour from Westchester. They were plentiful and perfectly ripe this past Sunday and should remain available throughout June – but call first to check. Admission is $3 a person; kids under 2 are free.

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If you’ve never been to Lawrence before, it’s a fantastic place for your family to spend the day. Arrive in the morning to pick the fruit before it gets too hot, eat lunch at the outdoor picnic tables (food is sold on the premises, if you’d rather not bring your own), then spend the afternoon watching your kids play in the “Little Village,” a charming set of child-size structures built to resemble an old-fashioned New England farm town.

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Already been to Lawrence and looking to try something new? Fishkill Farms in Dutchess County and Jones Family Farm in Shelton, Connecticut, are two other strawberry-picking options within an hour of Westchester. Have a great time filling those cartons!

Lawrence Farms Orchards, 306 Frozen Ridge Road, Newburgh; 845-562-4268

Westchester Ice Cream Tour

How many of these shops can you check off your list this summer?

June 13, 2016

We’ve covered a lot of ice cream places on Wee Westchester. And now here they are, all in one list, so that you can take the kids on a Westchester ice cream tour this summer. They’ll love you for it, even if your waistline won’t.

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The Blue Pig, Croton
The homemade ice cream here is all-natural, made from a mix of milk and cream sourced from a Hudson Valley dairy cooperative that preserves family-owned dairy farms in Dutchess and Columbia counties. Try the honey vanilla with lavender ice cream — it’s one of the Blue Pig’s most popular flavors and uses the shopkeeper’s own lavender and honey from Croton beekeepers. 121 Maple Street, Croton-on-Hudson; 914-271-3850

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The Village Creamery, Valhalla
This ice cream shop serves up 19 varieties, each one all natural, with no preservatives or food coloring. The strawberry flavor tastes like fresh fruit from the farm: It’s not too sweet and ever so smooth and creamy. One of the Village Creamery‘s wackier concoctions features vanilla ice cream with — are you ready? — chocolate chip cookies, Oreos, cookie dough, brownies and peanut butter cups. 32 Broadway, Valhalla; 914-421-1300

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Lighthouse Ice Cream Kompany, Tarrytown
All of the gelato at LICK is homemade daily — you can watch them whip it up behind the counter. The gelato is creamy and sweet, not at all like the dull gelato knockoffs you often eat in the States. It actually tastes like Italy. The flavors are to die for: Vietnamese coffee gelato, chili chocolate and fresh fruit flavors. Carry a cone down to the promenade and lick away as you walk along the river. Lighthouse Ice Cream Kompany, 127 West Main Street, Tarrytown; 914-502-0339

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The Hudson Creamery, Peekskill
The locally made ice cream at the Hudson Creamery is delicious. Flavor options vary from fruity to peanut buttery, and there’s also local coffee and baked goods if you’re not feeling ­a frozen concoction. The brightly colored interior features lots of nostalgia (think: framed vintage photos of the Hudson Valley and shots of Marilyn Monroe eating an ice cream cone). 55 Hudson Street, Peekskill; 914-293-7811

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Penny Lick Ice Cream, Hastings-on-Hudson
Fans of the beloved push-cart business found at farmers’ markets all over Westchester, can get their Ethiopian macchiato fix here anytime they want. The best part? At Penny Lick, you can buy $1 mini cones in any flavor, so you don’t have to choose between your favorites. Check out the hallway on the right of the store, where you can peek through the window, into the kitchen, and maybe even catch a glimpse of ice cream-making in progress. 580 Warburton Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson; 914-525-1580

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Paleteria Fernandez, Port Chester and Mamaroneck
This shop with two locations in Westchester serves up homemade, all-natural ice cream and Mexican ice pops. The mint chocolate chip ice cream at Paleteria Fernandez tastes like fresh mint and cream melting in your mouth. Ice pop flavors include passion fruit, dulce de leche, coconut, strawberry, cafe con leche, pineapple, tamarind, watermelon, hibiscus flower and more. 33 North Main Street, Port Chester, and 350 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck; 914-939-3694

Sponsored Post: Your Summer Staycation Destination

Grab a Summer Fun Family Membership at Saw Mill Club in Mount Kisco

June 10, 2016

Ever since the last bit of when-will-this-end winter weather, you’ve been fantasizing about summer sun and swimming pools, preferably with a fruity cocktail in hand. You typically spend a week (and a fortune) at a far-away resort only to come home to the remaining 91 days of summer wondering how to keep your kids — and yourself — entertained. Look no further than Saw Mill Club, a luxury health club nestled in its own private corner of Mount Kisco that will save your summer from boredom and have your kiddos thinking you’re a superhero. Sparkling outdoor pool? Check. Gourmet poolside cafe? Check. Ahem, cocktails? Check. Sanity? Check.  

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Saw Mill Club prides itself on top-notch service, which is immediately apparent when those at the sleek check-in desk greet you with a genuine smile. The club feels crisp and clean, with a touch of luxury in the air, yet everyone is warm and welcoming. From tots to teens to parents to seniors, the club is a thriving community that offers a resort-like retreat from your everyday routine — and it’s practically in your backyard.  

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Want to get in a quick workout and a hot shower (with perfect water pressure, btw) prior to your pool time, but not sure what to do with your two toddlers? Sign them in at the in-house children’s center with the flick of a finger. The center door is even fingerprint protected. Knowing your kids are safe and getting to feel like a secret agent? Win-win.

The club also offers a gym area that boasts the high-tech equipment you’d expect from an award-winning facility — but there’s so much more. Fitness offerings include numerous styles of yoga, aerobics, spinning, barre, aquatics, tennis, personal training and basketball, plus special, limited-time programs like self-defense and weight loss. Exercise solo or join one of the more than 90 cutting-edge group classes that take place week. And that’s not all: A sauna, chiropractor, physical therapist and team of certified masseuses can provide soothing relief or successfully work out that painful knot in your lower back that you’ve been complaining about. Your call.

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Kids offerings include aquatics, tennis, dance and chess camp, the latter of which is run by a former chess tournament director. In fact, all Saw Mill Club instructors are pros, particularly the nationally ranked tennis professionals within the club’s renowned tennis department.

Still need to register your kiddo for a summer camp? Camp Saw Mill’s outdoor camp activities include swimming, tennis, gardening and the playground, while indoor activities include arts and crafts, literacy and free play. Camp counselors are highly trained and oftentimes veterans of the program, and they will focus on the developmental needs of the children as well as their interests. Isn’t it great when your kids are learning and it actually is fun?

A Summer Fun Family Membership to Saw Mill Club runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. To purchase yours, call 914-241-0797 and ask for Membership. Mention Wee Westchester and receive an exclusive bonus !

Saw Mill Club is located at 77 Kensico Drive, Mount Kisco. Visit www.SawMillClub.com for more info and follow the club on Facebook and Instagram for updates. 

The Bar Method Opens in Scarsdale

And we're hooked.

June 9, 2016

As soon as you walk into the brand-spankin’ new Bar Method in Scarsdale, you’ll be blown away by the beauty and modern-yet-not intimidating chic look of the studio. The Bar Method officially opened last weekend and we were invited in to try some free classes. We’re officially hooked.

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You may have heard of the Lotte Berk Method, which has now evolved into The Bar Method program. Using light weights, large flat pillow mats and a ballet bar, each class is designed to create a uniquely lean body. It’s a low impact and high intensity strength training 60-minute class designed to lift your seat, sculpt your legs, and flatten your abs. All accomplished in a lovely studio overlooking leafy Scarsdale village, a peaceful backdrop against the calming white walls and carpet.

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In a nutshell, it’s a killer workout.  We left class feeling strong and invigorated, not completely exhausted to take on the day. Muscles we didn’t know we had were sore the next day, but not in an “I can hardly sit down” sort of way. We were inspired to go back the next day and again after that.

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The vibe is friendly and fun. Sara Giller, pictured above, is the owner. She moved the studio from Rye Brook to Scarsdale to respond to her clients requests, like additional class levels and amenities, childcare, and a women’s locker room with showers. And Giller is hilarious. If you listen closely, her sarcastic sense of humor provides plenty of comic relief while your muscles are shaking.

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And bonus: there’s babysitting! Their dedicated childcare staff will keep your littles busy with fun activities while you work out, which is a major score for a fitness studio. The bright, friendly room is a little kid’s dream, and at $12 an hour, you may even be saving money on a babysitter.

The Bar Method is offering a new client special at $99 for 45 days all summer.

The Bar Method, 7 Popham Road, 3rd Floor, Scarsdale; 914-207-7798

Sponsored Post: Bricks 4 Kidz Offers STEM Summer Camps

An education in fun all summer long.

June 8, 2016

While everyone wants their kids to relax every summer, it’s also a fun time to try new things. Archery. Outdoor survival. Ballet. Camp ideas are endless. But if you’re interested in developing your child’s sense of wonder, why not give a STEM-based camp a try? STEM, if you haven’t heard, stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and it’s a fun way to experiment in science, while building skills in all areas.  

inschoolAt Bricks 4 Kidz in Eastchester, STEM-centric summer camps incorporate LEGO to make things move and come alive. Themes include Brickz 4 Girls, Angry Birds, Star Wars Space Adventures, Junior Robotics, A Pirate Quest, and much more. There are morning and afternoon camps, and prices seem reasonable. Plus, if you’ve been late to signing kids up for camp, they still have space. B4K Horizontal LogoBricks 4 Kidz also offers a myriad of after-school programs, preschool programs and birthday parties. I recently threw my 6 year old son’s birthday party there and the kids had a blast building, then racing, remote control LEGO cars.

For more information or to book a program, visit their website! Plus Menton Wee Westchester to get 10% off your program fee! 

Bricks 4 Kidz, 11 Sunnyside Terrace, Eastchester; westchestersouth@bricks4kidz.com

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Summer Weekend Ideas: Kennebunkport, Maine

June 7, 2016

Just a short drive north from Westchester are dozens of quaint New England towns, where you’ll find beautiful beaches, fresh seafood and some of the best ice cream cones you and your kids will ever have. But which town should you stay in and explore? This month we’re featuring destination ideas with kid-friendly itineraries. Maine […]

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Raising Kids Is No Cakewalk

June 6, 2016

I came across a blog post on Huffington Post the other day that rang so true it was frightening. This Is Why Parents Are More Exhausted Than You Think They Should Be went on and on about how difficult modern parenting can be, and why parents are completely exhausted as a result of it. “I’m quite sure,” […]

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Shopping Fig in Rye

June 3, 2016

I popped into Fig Linens, a newish home decor shop on the main drag in Rye, on a whim. I was procrastinating working on a story, and suddenly, there I was, standing in one of the nicest bedding shops in the county. (It’s their second location, the first opened in Westport.) The entire front display […]

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Summer Weekend Ideas: Chatham, Cape Cod

June 1, 2016

Just a short drive north from Westchester are dozens of quaint New England towns, where you’ll find beautiful beaches, fresh seafood and some of the best ice cream cones you and your kids will ever have. But which town should you stay in and explore? This month we’re featuring destination ideas with kid-friendly itineraries. Cape […]

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